Department of Political Science

Student Achievement & Involvement

The Planning Accrediation Board requires this information be posted for the Graduate Community Planning (Master of Community Planning) Program at Auburn University.
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Student Achievement

Our Auburn University MCP graduates are successful in their careers and in the planning profession as a whole. Several alumni hold executive positions in the American Planning Association-Alabama Chapter. Our graduates have won awards at the state and regional level competitions of the American Planning Association (AL-MS chapter), and our currently enrolled students give professional presentations at the national and state level conferences each year. Current MCP students have won the “Distinguished Leadership Award for a Planning Student Team” for Sustainable Transportation Planning class at the AL-MS American Planning Association conference in 2013, 2016 and in 2017. Details of these annual awards are archived here.  View a sample of work by an Auburn University Master of Community Planning student or read more about how Community Planning students are making a difference.


In addition, students from the Fall 2018 Historic Preservtion Planning class were featured in the Montgomery Advertiser, presenting their work to the planning department and regional planning commision in Montgomery. 

2019-2020 Tuition & Fees

In-state Residents, per full-time academic year: $11,492
Out-of-state Residents, per full-time academic year: $31,124

Student Retention Rates

Of our students who began the MCP program in Fall 2018, 88% continued their studies into Fall 2019.

Student Graduation Rates

The entering class of Fall 2015 had 10 new students, 9 of which or 90%, graduated within 4 years. From Fall 2012 through Fall 2015, a total of 40 new students enrolled in the MCP program. Out of these 40, 90%, or 36 students, graduated within 4 years.

Number of Degrees Awarded

The Auburn University MCP program has awarded 15 Masters of Community Planning degrees for 2018-2019 Academic Year. The program has awarded a total of 87 Masters of Community Planning degrees between May 2012 and May 2019.

AICP Certification

For the graduating class of 2014, the percentage of MCP graduates passing the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) exam within 5 years is 24%. Auburn University MCP graduates typically attempt the AICP exam within 5 years of graduation. Auburn MCP graduates have an overall 73% pass rate from 2005-2019.

Student Employment Rates

Approximately 69% of our fulltime students graduating in 2018 have found employment in a professional planning or planning-related job within one year of graduation. In the same year, 15% of MCP graduates go on to pursue further education within one year of graduation.

Auburn University Student Planning Association

The Auburn University Student Planning Association (AUSPA) stimulates student interest in community planning and design, familiarizes students with the practice of planning, helps students in attending state and national planning conferences, and builds a strong relationship between the Community Planning degree program and other programs related to community planning and design. AUSPA endeavors to improve scholarship and performance of individuals entering the community planning and design fields. This student led association holds regular meetings and social events throughout the academic year. For more information, please contact Michaela Bostick.


For more information

Sweta Byahut

Sweta Byahut

Associate Professor and Director, Master of Community Planning Program
Department of Political Science
Auburn University, AL 36849
8020 Haley Center
(334) 844-8436

Last Updated: November 13, 2020